When you create an automated desktop pool, the View Administrator Add Pool wizard prompts you to configure certain options. Use this worksheet to prepare your configuration options before you create the pool.

You can print this worksheet and write down the values you want to specify when you run the Add Pool wizard.

To create a linked-clone pool, see Linked-Clone Desktop Pools.

Worksheet: Configuration Options for Creating an Automated Pool That Contains Full Virtual Machines



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User assignment

Choose the type of user assignment:

In a dedicated-assignment pool, each user is assigned to a desktop. Users receive the same desktop each time they log in.

In a floating-assignment pool, users receive different desktops each time they log in.

For details, see User Assignment in Desktop Pools.

Enable automatic assignment

In a dedicated-assignment pool, a desktop is assigned to a user when the user first logs in to the pool. You can also explicitly assign desktops to users.

If you do not enable automatic assignment, you must explicitly assign a desktop to each user.

vCenter Server

Select the vCenter Server that manages the virtual machines in the pool.

Pool ID

The unique name that identifies the pool in View Administrator.

If multiple vCenter Servers are running in your environment, make sure that another vCenter Server is not using the same pool ID.

A View Connection Server configuration can be a standalone View Connection Server instance or a group of replicated instances that share a common View LDAP configuration.

Display name

The pool name that users see when they log in with View Client. If you do not specify a display name, the pool ID is displayed to users.

View Folder

Select a View Folder in which to place the pool or leave the pool in the default root folder.

If you use a View Folder, you can delegate managing the pool to an administrator with a specific role. For details, see Using Folders to Delegate Administration.


View folders are different than vCenter Server folders that store desktop virtual machines. You select a vCenter Server folder later in the wizard with other vCenter Server settings.

Delete desktop after logoff

If you select floating user assignment, choose whether to delete desktops after users log off.


You set this option on the Pool Settings page.

Pool Settings

Settings that determine the desktop state, power status when a virtual machine is not in use, display protocol, Adobe Flash quality, and so on.

For descriptions, see Desktop and Pool Settings.

For a list of the settings that apply to automated pools, see Desktop Settings for Automated Pools That Contain Full Virtual Machines.

For more information about power policies and automated pools, see Setting Power Policies for Desktop Pools.

Virtual machine naming

Choose whether to provision desktops by manually specifying a list of desktop names or by providing a naming pattern and the total number of desktops.

For details, see Naming Desktops Manually or Providing a Naming Pattern.

List of desktop names

If you specify names manually, prepare a list of desktop names and, optionally, the associated user names.

Naming pattern

If you use this naming method, provide the pattern.

View Manager uses your pattern as a prefix in all the desktop names and appends a unique number to identify each desktop.

For details, see Using a Naming Pattern for Automated Desktop Pools.

Maximum number of desktops

If you use a naming pattern, specify the total number of desktops in the pool.

You can also specify a minimum number of desktops to provision when you first create the pool.

Number of spare (powered on) desktops

If you specify names manually or use a naming pattern, specify a number of desktops that View Manager keeps available and powered on for new users. For details, see Naming Desktops Manually or Providing a Naming Pattern.

When you specify names manually, this option is called # Unassigned desktops kept powered on.

Minimum number of desktops

If you use a naming pattern and provision desktops on demand, specify a minimum number of desktops in the pool.

View Manager creates the minimum number of desktops when you create the pool.

If you provision desktops on demand, View Manager dynamically creates additional desktops as users connect to the pool for the first time or as you assign desktops to users.


Select the virtual machine template that View Manager uses to create the pool.

vCenter Server folder

Select the folder in vCenter Server in which the desktop pool resides.

Host or cluster

Select the ESX host or cluster on which the desktop virtual machines run.

In vSphere 5.1 or later, you can select a cluster with up to 32 ESXi hosts.

Resource pool

Select the vCenter Server resource pool in which the desktop pool resides.


Select one or more datastores on which to store the desktop pool.

For clusters, you can use shared or local datastores.

Use View Storage Accelerator

Determine whether ESXi hosts cache common virtual machine disk data. View Storage Accelerator can improve performance and reduce the need for extra storage I/O bandwidth to manage boot storms and anti-virus scanning I/O storms.

This feature is supported on vSphere 5.0 and later.

This feature is enabled by default.

For details, see Configure View Storage Accelerator for Desktop Pools.

Guest customization

Select a customization specification (SYSPREP) from the list to let View Manager configure licensing, domain attachment, DHCP settings, and other properties on the desktops.

Alternatively, you can customize the desktops manually after View Manager creates them.